It doesn't come as a surprise,
Of course life’s always a struggle;
But with Coronavirus too,
The struggle is only more real.
Suffering is not new,
Nor hunger, or poverty;
Yet more than ever
People now see the reality.
Coronavirus not the biggest risk,
yet its presence here is still deadly;
With an Economy crumbling to pieces,
We all wonder what will happen to this Country?
Though numbers are low,
Compared to the first World,
Collateral damage is devastating,
With the lockdown, the situation deteriorating.
We sit here, we wait,
Watch the news at nine,
For its impossible here
To be online all the time.
Some people are scared,
Some people don't care;
Or perhaps its more a case
Of being used to living in fear.
Queues are miles long,
Yet these people are lucky;
For many there is now dire hunger,
Food parcels not reaching the poor.
The Government is doing its best,
To limit the effects of this virus,
On the health of society,
But perhaps more, on the dying economy.
Inequalities are not new,
But now they are stark and real;
The rich minority at relative ease,
The rest of the Country diseased…
People die here all the time,
The health system stretched as it is;
So how do we tell these people,
They need to go hungry to live?
With untreated disease already a burden,
Coronavirus alone is not such a risk;
But what it does do
Is creates yet more poverty and sick.
People are trying to understand
What is happening in the World;
But for most the World is far…
That World is now affecting this World…
For us, neither rich or poor,
A rare case of “in the middle;,
We are able to grow vegetables,
Write music, get to the clinic.
We also watch in horror
At those suffering now even more,
For those in informal settlements,
Social distancing is just not possible.
People are going without,
Trying to live on one meal a day;
Or going to bed hungry,
Feeding their children instead, as they continue to pray.
People here live day by day,
Earning just enough to buy bread;
With this now taken away,
They’re desperate, and some are dead.
Not due to this virus,
But death still continues;
Beaten to death by the Army,
At home, with their families….
The situation here is dire,
This Country far from developed;
The poverty, the hunger, the desperate,
No water in taps in some districts.
The situation here is dire,
I cannot lie or pretend it’ll all be fine;
people are suffering all around me
And yet all I can do is …..stay at home.
I sit here writing this helpless,
Able to teach, if it was possible for those to learn;
I feel the desperation of parents,
Education in this land must go on.
But as for now
We are either “stopped in time”, or desperate;
How the schools will eventually cope
Is anyones guess.
People need food,
People need school,
people need help,
But…..people have not lost hope.
As for myself
I write, and I plan some more;
Hoping that one day soon,
I’ll be able to help a lot more….
Apologies im still new ;)